At SmashingConf, we always strive to host events in the most memorable of venues. In Freiburg, our home will be the magnificent “Kaufhaus” – a stunning, central venue that blows our audience away every year.

On this page you will find the information about the venues for the workshops and for the conference. You can also check WikiTravel for additional information. If anything is missing, or you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Historical Merchants’ Hall

The historic "Kaufhaus" (Merchants’ Hall, built 1520-30) is the venue for the conference and the workshops.

Cartoon style scenery with the Historical Merchants Hall and the Smashing Cat celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Smashing Magazine

It is a symbol of the importance of trade in medieval Freiburg. The municipal market, customs and financial administration building is identified as a center of trade by its arcades hall. Its façade is decorated with coats of arms and statues indicating the city’s links with the House of Habsburg.

The beautiful ambience of the Historical Merchants’ Hall underlines our goal to create something special for you.


Historisches Kaufhaus
Münsterplatz 24
79098 Freiburg
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We have arranged special room rates for Smashingconf attendees at a variety of hotels close to the Smashing Conference venue in Freiburg — please have a look at the list below where we've marked the number of rooms that have been reserved for the attendees of the conference.

You may want to call the hotel of your choice and request the "SmashingConf" rate. Once you have bought your ticket, please do not wait too long and book your room as soon as possible, since many hotels are already fully booked. Also consider using online hotel booking services, who have plenty of nice hotels in their lists.

Travel Directions

By plane

Basel, Switzerland.
One of the closest airport is the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. The airport is only 70km away from Freiburg and offers over 450 scheduled flights per week to 50 different destinations in the whole of Europe, e.g. Berlin, Hamburg, London, Paris, Prague, Madrid, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Reykjavik and many more. From the Airport you can easily take a train, bus or even a taxi. The taxi, of course, is the most expensive solution.

Strasbourg, France.
Also close to Freiburg is the Aèroport international Strasbourg. It is only about 60km from Freiburg. For information which Airline flies to this Airport, check the list of Airlines at their site.

Karlsruhe, Germany.
Another way to get to us by plane is to use the Baden-Airpark in Karlsruhe. It is about 100km away from Freiburg and you can use the ICE train or a bus to get to Freiburg. You can also use a bus called Baden-Airpark-Express that is driving to Freiburg for about 20 Euros.

Zürich, Switzerland.
Another possible airport is Zurich Airport. Only 150km away and with a direct train connection to Freiburg, it is another good solution to get to the Smashing Conference.

Stuttgart, Germany.
Stuttgart Aiport is about 200km away, but also good connected with Freiburg via train. Check which airlines are flying to this airport.

Frankfurt, Germany.
Last but not least you can get to Freiburg by flying to Frankfurt Airport. Frankfurt is the biggest airport in Germany and thousands of – also international – direct flights are available to Frankfurt. The only issue with this airport concerning Freiburg is, that you have to take a train from there that needs approximately 2 hours for the 270km to Freiburg central station.

Traveling by train

The central station in Freiburg is a 10–15 minute walk away from the conference venue and the workshop venue. Since Freiburg lies within the network of the European railway system and is also an Intercity Express (ICE) station between Frankfurt and Basel, it is well accessible by rail from all directions. For example, 40 minutes from Basel or 2 hours from Frankfurt.

See the following sites for detailed info:

Traveling by bus

Freiburg’s central bus station lies right next to the central train station — pretty much at the heart of the city and just a few minutes away from the Historic House of Merchants. Bus rides are available from 8€ (e.g. from Zürich) if you book some time ahead via Flixbus.


Freiburg has a huge amount of parking areas and parking garages. Most of them are in walking distance of the conference and workshop venues. Please check our little map or check google maps, where we marked the parking places for you as well.

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